Steve Kroenke Colony Hit With Tornado

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Oh my Goodness, sorry to hear that, only 5 racks untouched, I guess he would have had some eggs by now.
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1999 1pair, 2006 2 pair, 2008 2 pair,
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2012 115 pair, 2013 160 pair,
2014 152 pair, 2015 174 pair, 2016 178 pair
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2020 233 pair
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Location: Olpe, KS
Martin Colony History: 22 year landlord, 14 at current residence..offering 9 racks and a homemade T-8 for 166 total cavities. 160 Pair in 2018 Racks consist of a Deluxe 12, AAA 16, Starburst 16, 2 K-18 Series, Super 24, 2 Gemini, Multi-purpose/two trio’s/4gourds and a T-8..Great hobby to be involved in..

So sorry to hear of Steve's and Bob's misfortune....glad you are all ok..stay strong my Martin friends..
22 year landlord..9 Rack Systems for 2018 and my home built T-8 for a total of 166 cavities..160 pair in 2018 ..SUPER COLONY!!! Love You Bev... Fan of those St. Louis Cardinals!!!!!

Thats really a bummer to say the least,glad of course Steve & Bob got thru it okay.

You know this was going to happen sometime some place with the widespread membership we have lets hope that is the last of it,

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This is terrible, the storms have been terrible. My prayers to Steve and Bob and their families and martins. Let us know what we can do to help him rebuild.

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2019, 36 pair
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Location: Louisiana/Broussard
Martin Colony History: 2010-2014 located in Slidell LA. Gourd rack with 16 gourds. Max of 2 pairs during this short period in Slidell. Plenty of fledglings.

2014-present.. moved to Broussard LA. Same Gourd Rack but added a 6 room house (modified from a 12 room)

2020: after a long drought of nothing, 4 pairs and 4 nests, 23 eggs total (May2020)

any report on his neighbor? Is he Ok too? didn't he have a fairly large martin site too? was there any damage to it?
wow, that is really sad to hear.
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I really hate to hear that this happened.
Gobbler T
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So sorry to hear this about Steve and his birds. I too am shocked this doesn't happen more often. Is there anyone here that lives close enough to lend a hand?

2007 --- 0 2011---0 2015---4
2008 --- 0 2012---0 16-19—0
2009 --- 0 2013---1 2020—?
2010 --- 0 2014---3
John Miller
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Prayers and let us know if there's anything we can do.

John Miller
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upsetting news. my stomach has sunk. praying for the best.
2011 19 Pair, 108 eggs, 74 fledged
2010 9 Pair, 44 eggs, 30 fledged
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Wow, I've very sorry to hear that. I hope he is able to fix all the damage done to is property quickly. I'm glad he is ok.

2010 1 pair at each site. Plus some unmated subadults hanging around at both sites.
2009 Had a lone subadult spend the summer
2008 visitors.
Tim Mangan-Kansas
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Martin Colony History: 2016 - 22 Pair

As long as Steve and Bob are both okay, that is the main thing.

Licensed Bander
2015 - 14 Pair - fledged 68
2014 - Moved to Kansas - 7 Pair, 35 eggs, 28 fledged in first year
2010 Thru 2013 - Moved-Tried to start new colony
2009 - 46 pair, 217 eggs, 178 fledged
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Location: Missouri/Licking
Martin Colony History: Colony started - 2007 with one pair
As of 2018 - 84 cavities offered, max # of pairs hosted - 82.

Has anyone heard about the other lady in Shreveport - (is her name 'Ursula'?) that also has a large super colony? Maybe Steve and Bob's birds can take up residence there until he's restored his housing. Knowing Steve, he's working on getting his colony site back up before he gets his own house repaired. :-(

From Steve's last update:
I probably have between 250 and 275 pairs of martins and my neighbor, Bob has well over 125 pairs.
That's a lot of martins to have in those systems that went down. :-(
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Prayers to all, I can't image going outside to assess the damage and seeing the racks gone. As long as family is safe all else can be rebuilt. Please keep us updated on news on them. Thanks for heads up.
D'Nese in Tennessee

2009-new house up, many visitors no one stayed
2010-3 pairs, 14 eggs, 9 babies 9 fledged
2011 20 pairs, 106 eggs, 79 fledged
2012 37 pair, 120 fledged
2013 37 pair, 173 fledged
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Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Sorry to hear that this happened, and glad that some of the poles are still up, that should keep some of them there.

Also, Steve, I hope that your house is not too heavily damaged..
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
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It can happen just that quick to anyone here.
All you can do is prepare the best you can but when Mother Nature goes on a tear, we are at her mercy.

Thoughts and prayers for Steve and everyone and everything in the area.
2015 - 40 cavities - 37 pair - fledged 172
2016 - 40 cavities - 38 pair - fledged 192
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I know you must be devastated by the losses at your colony, but I am so very glad you are alright. Please let us know if there is any way we can help you rebuild.

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Thinking of you, Steve, and so sorry this has happened!!
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Perhaps once Scott has visited and found out what would help the most, they will let us know, so folks with extra housing can donate that, if they live close enough. I know some folks are heading that way today to help out, and this first day, there will be martins trapped in gourds and such to rescue. It will take time to go through and assess damaged systems and get live birds out - then get systems up where possible.
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Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

:-( This not the kind of news I was looking to see this morning. Let Steve know thatif there is anything I can do to help by buy some new housing and getting it mailed to him.
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